10 Best Places to Hide Your Guns in Plain Sight

gunbookA gun safe is a great place to hide your guns from burglars…

But lets face it, burglars aren’t our only concern when it comes to hiding firearms. Not to mention, you can hardly call a gun safe a place with “ready access.”

Chances are, when you really need a gun, you won’t have a chance to go to the safe and punch in your combo. When trouble comes knocking, you may only have a few seconds to get ready.

That’s why I recommend finding other safe and sneaky places to hid your guns, places where no one would think to look for them — but that you could access quickly in a pinch. Here are my top 10:

1. Fake electric outlet. No burglar or government confiscator would think to look in a fake outlet. Be creative. With a little innovation, you can make this setup very easy to access.

2. Hanging over the doorframe in a hall closet. Most closets are “shallow” so even if a burglar does rummage through, he probably won’t look straight-up over his head.

3. Hollowed out book. Purchase a thick hardback at your local Salvation army and go to town with an exacto blade. Oldest trick in the book ;)

4. Air conditioning/return air vents create a nice deep space to store a handgun. These can be functioning or false. They can also be high enough where children can’t reach them.

5. False flooring. If you have wood floors, make an inconspicuous cut in an inconspicuous place, perhaps near a wall or behind a piece of furniture.

6. Custom or modified cabinets/bookshelves. Check out this awesome bookshelf for ideas.

7. Behind a thick picture frame. I’ve seen great hiding places made by fastening holsters to the back of the actual picture and using an extra thick frame.

8. Inside large pottery. If you have large enough decorative pottery pieces, or a small enough weapon, you can simply drop your gun inside.

9.  A drawer with a false bottom is the second oldest trick in the book (next to the hollowed-out book) and will fool crooks all day long. They’re easy to build and install too.

10. Under your couch/recliner. Remove the fabric on the underside of your couch and there is ample room to store a larger weapon like a shotgun or rifle.

Got some gun hiding ideas to add? Share them in the comments section!

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Comments

  1. The Patriot Caller says:

    I’ve also heard of hiding guns on the wall behind your curtains.

  2. Oli Fischer says:

    Empty cereal boxes can be a good idea too, depending on your living situation.

  3. J. Proctor says:

    So now it is on the net and all the inspectors or gvt. has to do is look up where everyone is hiding their guns. Brilliant!!!!!

    • The Patriot Caller says:

      It’s your call what information you choose or choose not to share, J. ;)

    • Well now I have a bunch more ideas. Some I already knew — but got some more good ideas and I’m not putting it on here! Used to laugh at my Mom for putting things in strange places where she couldn’t even find them again. When I cleaned her house out — I used to wonder what in the world was her so called “organization” all about. I used to tell her that nobody was going to break in here. They would kill themselves trying to find anything of value. And we would laugh. Well now I know her secrets.

    • With your brains, we don’t have to worry about you being around when SHTF time. These are places to hide from home invasion. To hide from government who will use sniffing dogs and electronics you have to put them in sealed plastic items and bury them outside under some thing that will hide them like a fireplace or grill, even the best places like under the mud in a real water feature, or in the garage in a battery with the acid removed.. The most important thing you need to survive is a brain. The smart people will be the ones who survive anyway so bye, bye.

      • In a plastic bad in the bottom or the litterbox, millions of places

      • TheSwafferOne says:

        Sorry but the prepared will be the ones to survive, most smart people are dumbass’s when it comes to commen sense.
        But the best way is JESUS CHRIST, he our only hope for a future beyond this crazy world run by egomaniacs(wealthy)
        but their money won’t save them from rejecting JESUS. Hell will be filled with ex-billionaires.

        • AMEN, Brother!
          Excellent and very true comment.

        • Jason D. says:

          Or whichever spiritual construct one may revere.

        • The Swaffer One, You speak of most wealthy people don’t have any common sense? What about hardworking people who are wealthy that have common sense? Why bring Jesus Christ into this, when the article is talking about noticing a person carrying a weapon? Your grammar and spelling just shows you don’t have much of either. Keep thumbing on your Bible. Maybe JC will be there to help you notice who is carrying a weapon or a Bible in their pants. Good Luck with that.

  4. A Roper says:

    On your belt under your shirt is the a good place.

  5. DONT GET YOUR SHORTS IN A BUNCH J PROCTOR MOST BAD GUYS DONT HAVE THE TIME TO LOOK SLOWLY FOR YOUR WEAPONS —–MOSTLY THEY HIT AND SPLIT —ANYWAY THERE ARE —CERTAIN VARIANCES IN EVERY PLAN IF YOU CATCH MY DRIFT —ALWAYS REMEMBER THOUGH QUICK —SAFE ACCESS IS THE RULE —-

    AND PLEASE PLEASE DONT FORGET SAFETY FOR THE LITTLE ONES IN YOUR FAMILIES —KIDS ARE INQUISITIVE —ALWAYS GOING LOOKING FOR INTERESTING THINGS TO DO AND INTERESTING PLACES TO GO IN YOUR HOUSE

    REMEMBER MUSCLE MEMORY IF YOU LOAD A WEAPON AND PUT IT UNDER YOUR PILLOW AT NIGHT AND YOU ALWAYS UNLOAD IT IN THE MORNING FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS MAKE A MENTAL NOTE THAT WHEN YOU GET UP YOUR WEAPON GOES WITH YOU OR IS UNLOADED WHENEVER YOU LEAVE THE BED !!! PEEING OR JUST GETTING UP TO CHECK THE HOUSE

    IF YOU ARE MARRIED ALWAYS TALK AND WORK OUT SAFETY PLANS WITH YOUR WIFE /GIRL FRIEND ——-

    SAFETY IS A WAY OF LIFE –WE LIVE IN PERILOUS TIMES —THANKS TO DER FUERHER AND OTHER
    ENEMIES IN WASHINGTON DC–TO SAY NOTHING OF THE NUMEROUS OTHER SCUMBAGS ROAMING OUR STREETS

    GOD BLESS ALL Y’ALL AND REMEMBER THE BOY SCOUTS MOTTO ” BE PREPARED ”

    PLEASE EXCUSE THE UPPER CASE —IM A LAZY TYPER —THE ONLY THING IM LAZY DOING

    GODS WARRIOR SERVANT AND YOURS SWG GEORGE THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE !!!!

  6. novella sue alliston says:

    I’m a retired grand mother.If you have a pet try putting a small gum at the edge of its bed. I have no grand kids that stay with me. It’s always safety first.Also behind the door in a backpack or kids purse.

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  8. AL RUTLEDGE says:

    In a pair of boots. But on your person is a real good place, indeed. Ya folks have spotted some oldies but goodies.Thanx for everyone’s input..

  9. Christopher Fox says:

    Great ideas but these comments also help others to find where to look for your stashed weapons that they may not have thought about. I think that there are folks here as plants to see where people are going with all this information. Be careful on losing our freedoms that are already in the process.

  10. A lot of newer homes have an access panel to the plumbing for the tub in a closet.

    I was in a home a few years ago and they had big columns out in front holding up the porch
    one was actually a gun safe the guy built, it held a bug out rifle and bag

    He also had a couple catch releases in the stair risers inside that released the tread and had compartments within the stairs.

  11. Jackie Marshall says:

    I keep the shotgun concealed under coats and scarves in the mudroom, loaded with grapeshot and ready to go on the way out the door. And thanks for the heads up on the hollowed out book. The nine millimeter will soon have a new hidey hole.

  12. Women who unlucky enough to have lost a breast can put a gun in the other side of the bra. Hopefully, it will hold a .38.

  13. Don’t forget to clean the weapon before hiding it and use oxygen absorb when hiding them. Also try to keep ammo hidden again with oxygen absorb around the house where it can be grabbed locked and load in a hurry. And don’t forget dogs are trained to smell ammo and coffee grinds so another solution needs to be used to mask the smell. You can use cat litter to mask the smell.

    • laundry dryer sheets work,great in cover sent masking! also remember to strip all weapons! of oil distillates,which is in every cleaner,and lubricant made, simply boil or steam clean it all off. some black powder grease is ideal to use! this is a must for every gun owner, hiding guns! Dogs will sniff out the oil distillates. they must be removed! or they will be confiscated.

  14. If it gets to the point where the government confiscates, don’t you think they might use metal detectors? I think a second off sight location is ideal, and then retrieve once they’re gone. Maybe even purchase a small inexpensive gun to turn over to them, which would reinforce your credibility for being a “cooperative” citizen. The result being checked marked off their list and not flagged for a revisit!

    • I have had throw a ways for snoopers and the government for years. This is a great way to get them to get off your case when they know you take hand gun training for defince and hunting. I am 5’5″ and 120 and over 60 and a widow, always helps to do their patchers tayloring and ironing for all the local officers as a thank you for their service, I charge $0.50 to $5.00 and give a reciepe (sorry do not spell well) that way every thing is legal and above board, and you get to go out on the range and take classes at no cost. Amazing the info you hear if you keep your mouth shut.

  15. with all the ideas for well all the healthy people , what about us disabled ? I am deaf and an amputee right leg and left cant use it and in a wheelchair so where do you suppose I hide my 9mm that I can get to in a crunch?, other than in my normal safe that I keep everything else in.

    • Oli Fischer says:

      Tom, you could always consider carrying a weapon on your person, or even create a way to conceal a holster in your wheelchair.

  16. Hid a .25 cal pistol so well-still can’t find it. Hid my SW Mod59. Hunted for 2 years-no lie. My wife gathering stufff for yard sale-found it in VCR camera pouch. Der Uh. Sold the camera -kept the pistol. I have weapons on every level. All loaded. Hiding places for long guns. Between walls there is a 14 !/2 in wide space, 8ft tall between studs, you have a 3/12 depth to work with. Closets are best. Cut out the sheetrock, leave it open if you want don’t make a door or cover… A shot gun, AR15, or ammo will fit inside. If you leave the opening uncovered I would locate it right next to the left door jamb of a closet. Dark, coats and jackets hanging conceal it. Get a gun-Open the closet, turn around, reach in with you right hand, pull out the weapon and out the door.
    Hide a pistol. The cereal box is good-can leave on the kitchen countertop but nowhere else-no one has cereal in the bathroom or living room. Cut out a book-leave anywhere but it has to be a fat book-like a telephone directory. Gun safe-make sure it’s a good one-friend of your teenage children will be there while you are on vacation to demonstrate how flimsy it is.

  17. All of these are awesome places……BUT what the hell do you do when the crooks even steal your work boots by the door and your picture off the wall! Believe it or not they did just that in my house last month. Bought a shot gun and now I’m having my husband build it into the wall next to the door.

  18. edward walls says:

    the best thing to do to prevent burglars is a good home security system and a good safe. for the feds who knows how far they will go.

  19. Easier than cutting out a book is Grimm book case for gun storage It’s actually a bound lock box, looks like a book. Lock or leave unlocked if no kids around and on a bookshelf. Even an option to make up your own title. By 160 year old Grimm Bindery in Madison, WI.

    • Sounds great. What size is it, where do I buy one and how much is it? I have several different sizes of guns so one of them should fit. Boy, sure would beat cutting up a book. Thanks.

  20. I’ve never even owned a gun. Any ideas on what I should get? I have a 13 year old daughter but no small children in the house.

  21. You have been asked this a million times, but I have not understood how you can post on the web these secrets on how to hide stuff and expect them to be a secret?

    • Bernard says:

      This article is about providing and sharing ideas. Few of these will stand up to a thorough, systematic search with a lot of time. The idea is to hide a gun in case you need it quickly or under some duress. Are you worried about a home invasion? Are you worried about civil unrest? Are you worried about burglary? Some of these ideas are more practical or safe than others. You need to examine your home, consider your needs, consider safety and decide what to do. One last thought, this article is about hiding your guns, what about a good quality gun safe? This provides safety and security for your guns and ammo and it is unlikely an addict with a crowbar can open or carry out of your home.

      • Finally, a post that is straight to the point. I was beginning to wonder about some of these comments if some of these folks should even own a weapon? Use your common sense. I have several weapons and keep them all in hands reach what ever part of the house I’m at. Remember seconds count, you aren’t going to have time to say let me get MY weapon I’ve got hidden here or there. Remember that high powered hand gun will go through sheet rock and end up hitting Mama or children . Have a plan if needed before hand to be safe. Get yourself a Home Defense Shotgun with buck shot. The situation will only last a few moments. End it on your terms. Best of Luck, and hope it never happens to you or yours.

  22. phu que 2 says:

    Go to a garage sale and buy an old trenchcoat or long raincoat. Get some .375 steel rod and fashion yourself a heavy duty hanger and paint it to look like your plastic ones. Also put a hook hanging down from the hanger. Get a soft sided tactical guncase and place an Ar or Ak in it with ammo, magazines, handgun, knives, whatever you want. Hang it from the hook on your hanger. Put the coat on the hanger and button it up. Place it in the closet with all your other clothes off to one side. To anyone that looks in the closet, it will appear to be just an old coat without lifting it up. They may want to see whats in the back of the closet but will only move the clothes from the center of the rack. Thats why you put it to one side. I have shown this technique to several people and they copied it and challenged others to find it. They never did.

  23. An empty pizza box is great too depending on your living situation

  24. Ronald Russell says:

    I hide my 380 LCP under a pile of folded pants on the upper shelf of our closet. I can bounce out of bed and retrieve the pistol in two steps (loaded and ready to fire).

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  26. Several good points here. I have a coat rack that I bought from Woodcrafters316 that has a hidden back-box installed within the wall cavity so I can always have something near the door in case something goes bump in the night. Has anyone had any success keeping sealed and buried PVC pipe dry for more than 6 months or so?

  27. Just for info any female with 38-D or larger I have never even had to use a extra holster you will find a 380 and 45. fit real nice and can be used right or left handed.

  28. Tom Lancaster says:

    NOW EVERYBODY GOV. POLICE & THE BAD GUYS HOME INVATION PEOPLE KNOW THE HIDING PLACES.
    REAL SMART

  29. flashfives says:

    Great ideas,
    However in a large city it seems we spend more time in our cars than we do at home, so, where are good places to hide them in your vehicle?

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